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If the weather is warm in February you may see men wearing one of the traditional shirts of San Antonio: the guayabera.

It’s men’s shirt typically distinguished by two vertical rows of closely sewn pleats that run the length of the front and back of the shirt and four (four!) pockets. The shirt is typically worn untucked. Some have elaborate embroidery. The style originated in the Caribbean and is most often associated with Cuba and Mexico, although you will also find it in the Philippines and Africa.

It’s also known as a “Mexican Wedding Shirt,” and there are formal versions with French cuffs. If you live outside an area where it is traditional wear, though, it would be considered casual wear.

The best place to buy a guayabera is just a 10 minute walk from the Texas Trail Roundup event hotel. Penners, established in 1916, is located at 311 W. Commerce. When you exit the Holiday Inn, turn right onto Cesar Chavez and the make an immediate left onto Santa Rosa. You’ll pass Market Square on your left, then make a right onto W. Commerce. You can’t miss it on the left hand side of the road.

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